Wizards play best game at right time

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - DAILY DEUCE -

While his play­ers were en­joy­ing a well-de­served day off Mon­day, Wizards coach Peter Ver­mes was re­view­ing film of their most re­cent game, Satur­day’s 2-0 vic­tory against the Los An­ge­les Galaxy.

And by the time he was done watch­ing it, he knew what his mes­sage would be when his play­ers ar­rived for prac­tice to­day.

“I’ll talk to them, and I’ll com­mend them for the 90 min­utes of good soc­cer,” Ver­mes said. “They got the first goal, they fought for the ball and they com­peted.

“As far as man­age­ment of the game goes it was the best 90 min­utes we’ve put to­gether all sea­son.”

It wasn’t long ago that the Wizards, 7-9-5, seemed dead in the wa­ter. A pen­chant for giv­ing up easy goals and an in­abil­ity to fin­ish scor­ing chances had Ver­mes ir­ri­tated.

How­ever, the Wizards are 4-2-1 in their last seven games, and their vic­tory against the Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Galaxy, 13-5-4, moved the Wizards into fourth place in the East­ern Con­fer­ence and just three points out of the fi­nal play­off spot.

ROS­TER MOVE COM­ING: The Wizards are ex­pected to sign one player from their 18-and-un­der team to the ros­ter to­day.

The player will be some­one from

the Wizards’ top ju­niors team, and the fa­vorites are Wi­chita South­east se­nior Kon­ner Knoll and Blue Val­ley North se­niors Jon Kempin and Jor­dan Ride­out. Each prac­ticed with the Wizards for a week ear­lier this month as a re­ward for their hard work.

SCHED­ULE CHANGE: The Wizards an­nounced Mon­day that their next home game, orig­i­nally sched­uled for Sept. 11 against the Hous­ton Dy­namo, has been moved to Sept. 22 be­cause of Com­mu­ni­tyAmer­ica Ball­park avail­abil­ity.

The Kansas City T-Bones home sta­dium will be host to the open­ing round of the North­ern League base­ball play­offs in a best-of-five se­ries be­gin­ning Sept. 8 or 9.

BRADLEY PICKS U.S.: U.S. Soc­cer an­nounced late Mon­day it had agreed to a four-year ex­ten­sion with coach Bob Bradley, end­ing spec­u­la­tion that he was seek­ing a job in Europe and that the fed­er­a­tion wanted to start anew in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Fi­nan­cial terms were not dis­closed.

LEAGUE NETS DEAL: Ma­jor League Soc­cer and Adi­das agreed to a new eight-year spon­sor­ship deal, re­port­edly worth more than $200 mil­lion, which of­fi­cials be­lieve so­lid­i­fies and val­i­dates the in­creased

growth of the league and calls for sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in youth devel­op­ment.

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